On the evening of March 1,1932 Charles Augustus Lindbergh Jr. the eldest son of aviator Charles Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, was abducted from the family home in Highfields, New Jersey. On May 12 the body of the 20-month-old boy, killed by a skull fracture, was discovered nearby. In September 1934 Richard Hauptmann was arrested and, in a trial lasting from January 2 to February 13,1935, found guilty of first degree murder and sentenced to death. He was executed by electric chair at the New Jersey State Prison on April 3,1936, newspaper writer H. L. Mencken called the kidnapping and trial the biggest story since the Resurrection. Legal scholars have referred to the trial as one of the trials of the century, the crime spurred Congress to pass the Federal Kidnapping Act, commonly called the Lindbergh Law, which made transporting a kidnapping victim across state lines a federal crime. At 7,30 p. m. on March 1,1932, around 9,30 pm Charles Lindbergh, who was in the library just below the babys room, heard a noise which he imagined to be slats breaking off a full crate in the kitchen.
At 10,00 pm Gow discovered the crib empty, within twenty minutes police were en route to the home, along with reporters and the family lawyer. Later that night a tire print was discovered in the mud and, in a bush, Hopewell Borough police and New Jersey State Police officers searched the home and its surrounding area for miles. No adult fingerprints were found in the room, including in areas witnesses admitted to touching, such as the window. Word of the spread quickly, along with police. There were military colonels offering their aid, though one had law enforcement expertise, Herbert Norman Schwarzkopf. The other colonels were Henry Skillman Breckinridge, a Wall Street lawyer and these men believed that the kidnapping was perpetrated by organized crime figures. The letter, they thought, seemed written by someone who spoke German as his native language, Charles Lindbergh, at this time, used his influence to control the direction of the investigation. They contacted Mickey Rosner, a Broadway hanger-on rumored to know mobsters, Rosner, in turn, brought in two speakeasy owners, Salvatore Salvy Spitale and Irving Bitz.
Lindbergh quickly endorsed the duo and appointed them his intermediaries to deal with the mob. Several organized crime figures – notably Al Capone, Willie Moretti, Joe Adonis and Longy Zwillman — spoke from prison, Capone offered assistance in return for being released from prison under the pretense that his assistance would be more effective. This was quickly denied by the authorities, the morning after the kidnapping, U. S. President Herbert Hoover was notified of the crime. New Jersey officials announced a $25,000 reward for the return of Little Lindy
Oscar Leonard Carl Pistorius OIB is a South African sprint runner and convicted murderer. Both of Pistorius legs were amputated below the knee when he was 11 months old and he was the tenth athlete to compete at both the Paralympic Games and Olympic Games, competing in sprint events for below-knee amputees in Paralympic events, and in non-disabled sprint events. Pistorius eventually prevailed in legal dispute. At the 2011 World Championships in Athletics, Pistorius became the first amputee to win a world track medal. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, Pistorius became the first double-leg amputee to participate in the Olympics, on Valentines Day in 2013, Pistorius fatally shot his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, in his Pretoria home. He claimed he had mistaken Steenkamp for a hiding in the bathroom. At his trial the year, Pistorius was found guilty of culpable homicide. He received a prison sentence for culpable homicide and a concurrent three-year suspended prison sentence for a separate reckless endangerment conviction.
In November 2014, prosecutors asked the judge for permission to appeal the verdict. Permission was granted in December, and the case was presented to a panel at the Supreme Court of Appeal. He was released on house arrest, and on 3 December 2015 the Appeal Court overturned the culpable homicide verdict, Oscar Leonard Carl Pistorius was born to Henke and Sheila Pistorius on 22 November 1986 in Sandton, Johannesburg, in what was Transvaal Province of South Africa. He grew up in a Christian home and has a brother, Carl. Pistorius credits his mother, who died at the age of 43 when Pistorius was 15 years old, Pistorius is a white South African with Italian ancestry from his maternal great-grandfather, who was an Italian emigrant to Kenya. He is of Afrikaner ethnicity with Afrikaans as a tongue and is fluent in English. Pistorius was born with fibular hemimelia in both legs, when he was 11 months old, his legs were amputated halfway between his knees and ankles. He attended Constantia Kloof Primary School and Pretoria Boys High School and he played water polo and tennis at provincial level between the ages of 11 and 13.
In addition, Pistorius took part in club Olympic wrestling, and trained at Jannie Brookss garage gym in Pretoria, brooks remarked about how it took six months before he noticed that Pistorius had no legs but nonetheless had been doing all exercises including boxing and doing press-ups. His first racing blades were fitted by South African prosthetist Francois van der Watt, because he was unable to find suitable running blades in Pretoria, Van der Watt ordered some to be made by a local engineer
Toulouse and Montauban shootings
In total, the shooter killed seven people and wounded five, four seriously. The shooter was shot and killed by police after a 30-hour siege at his apartment in Toulouse, the first attack occurred on 11 March, a French Muslim paratrooper was shot dead in Toulouse. A second attack on 15 March killed two uniformed French Muslim soldiers and seriously injured another in a Montauban shopping centre, on 19 March, four people, including three children, were killed at the Ozar Hatorah Jewish day school in Toulouse. Thereafter, France raised its Vigipirate, the alert system, to the highest level in the Midi-Pyrénées region. The United Nations, many governments around the world, and the French Council of the Muslim Faith condemned the attacks, police identified the shooter as Mohammed Merah, a 23-year-old French petty criminal of Algerian descent who was born and raised in Toulouse. He was killed by police after a 30-hour siege at his familys apartment there, Merah reportedly attacked French Army personnel because of the armys participation in the war in Afghanistan against al-Qaeda.
During the siege, Merah admitted antisemitic motives as well, saying he had attacked the Jewish school because The Jews kill our brothers and sisters in Palestine and they lived in the poor neighborhood of Toulouse. Merah had tried to enlist in the French Army, but was rejected because of his criminal convictions, some sources have noted connections of Merahs family to a man who was aligned with the terrorist group al-Qaeda. They reported Merahs history of issues as factors in the shootings. Merah said he was a mujaheed and claimed ties to al-Qaeda, President Sarkozy described the attack as isolated. Police found that Mohammed Merah was the shooter, authorities determined that he used the same weapon in all the attacks, a.45 pistol. In all three attacks, witnesses observed that the helmeted shooter arrived and left on the same scooter, Ibn-Ziaten was known to be waiting to meet someone who said he was interested in buying a motorcycle from him. Police suspected that the set up the meeting in order to attack the paratrooper.
The perpetrator was described as wearing a helmet and riding a motorcycle, the family of Ibn-Ziaten buried him in their hometown of Mdiq, Morocco. On Thursday,15 March, at around 14,00, two uniformed soldiers were shot and killed and a seriously injured by shooting outside a shopping centre in Montauban. They were attacked while withdrawing money from a cash machine and they were all from the 17th Parachute Engineer Regiment, whose barracks are close to the town. Corporal Abel Chennouf,24, and Private Mohamed Legouad,23, corporal Loïc Liber,28, from Guadeloupe, was wounded so severely he was in a coma. The security cameras showed the killer riding a moped and wearing a black helmet
Tonya Maxene Harding is an American former figure skater. She was a two-time Olympian and a two-time Skate America Champion, in 1991, she won the U. S. Figure Skating Championships and placed second in the World Championships, Harding was the second woman to complete a triple axel jump in competition. In 1994, she was banned for life from the U. S, Figure Skating Association after pleading guilty to hindering the prosecution following the attack on fellow skater Nancy Kerrigan. Tonya Harding was born November 12,1970 in Portland, the daughter of LaVona Fay Golden and she and her brother Karl grew up in Portland. Her father had health problems that left him unable to work. Harding began skating at age three, Tonya landed her first triple lutz at age 12. Harding stopped attending David Douglas High School in Portland during her sophomore year, Tonya Harding has stated that by the time she was 7 years old, she was mentally and physically abused by her mother. Her mother has admitted to one instance of hitting Tonya at an ice rink, Harding began working her way up the competitive skating ladder in the mid-1980s, placing sixth at the 1986 U. S.
Figure Skating Championships, fifth in 1987 and 1988, and third in 1989 and she was considered a strong contender at the 1990 U. S. While she was a powerful free skater, she typically had lower placements in the compulsory figures, at the 1991 World Championships, she again completed the triple axel jump but finished second to Kristi Yamaguchi. In her career, Harding successfully completed four triple axels in competition. All of them were in 1991, where she completed each one she tried, one at the U. S. Championships, another at the World Championships, and two at the Fall 1991 Skate America competition. Despite these record-breaking performances, she was never able to perform the triple axel in a competition after 1991. In 1992, she placed third in the U. S, Championships after twisting her ankle in practice. She finished fourth in the 1992 Winter Olympics, and in the 1992 World Championships, in the 1993 season, she skated poorly in the U. S. Championships and failed to qualify for the World Championship team, Harding was a member of the U. S.
ice skating team at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway. Amid controversy before and during the Games, she finished in place, far behind Oksana Baiul
A metaphor is a figure of speech that refers, for rhetorical effect, to one thing by mentioning another thing. It may provide clarity or identify hidden similarities between two ideas, hyperbole and simile are all types of metaphor. The Philosophy of Rhetoric by rhetorician I. A. Richards describes a metaphor as having two parts, the tenor and the vehicle, the tenor is the subject to which attributes are ascribed. The vehicle is the object whose attributes are borrowed, other writers employ the general terms ground and figure to denote the tenor and the vehicle. Cognitive linguistics uses the target and source, respectively. Metaphors are most frequently compared with similes, a simile is a specific type of metaphor that uses the words like or as in comparing two objects, whereas what is commonly referred to as a metaphor states that A is B or substitutes B for A. What is usually referred to as a metaphor asserts the two objects in the comparison are identical on the point of comparison, a simile merely asserts a similarity, for this reason a common-type metaphor is generally considered more forceful than a simile.
The metaphor category contains these types, Allegory, An extended metaphor wherein a story illustrates an important attribute of the subject. Antithesis, A rhetorical contrast of ideas by means of parallel arrangements of words, clauses, or sentences Catachresis, A mixed metaphor used by design and accident. Hyperbole, Excessive exaggeration to illustrate a point Metonymy, A figure of speech using the name of one thing in reference to a different thing of which the first is associated, example, in lands belonging to the crown the word crown is metonymy for ruler or monarch. Parable, An extended metaphor narrated as an anecdote illustrating and teaching such as in Aesops fables, Similar to a metaphor, a pun alludes to another term. However, the difference is that a pun is a frivolous allusion between two different things whereas a metaphor is a purposeful allusion between two different things. Metaphor, like other types of analogy, can usefully be distinguished from metonymy as one of two modes of thought.
Thus, a metaphor creates new links between otherwise distinct conceptual domains, whereas a metonymy relies on the links within them. A dead metaphor is one in which the sense of an image has become absent. Examples, to grasp a concept and to gather what youve understood use physical action as a metaphor for understanding, the audience does not need to visualize the action, dead metaphors normally go unnoticed. Some people distinguish between a dead metaphor and a cliché, others use dead metaphor to denote both. A mixed metaphor is one that leaps from one identification to a second identification inconsistent with the first, e. g. Checkmate
The term circus describes the performance which has followed various formats through its 250-year modern history. Philip Astley is credited with being the father of the circus when he opened the first circus in 1768 in England. Early circuses were almost exclusively demonstrations of equestrian skills with a few types of acts to link the horsemanship performances. Performances developed significantly through the next fifty years, with large scale theatrical battle reenactments becoming a significant feature, as styles of performance have changed since the time of Astley, so too have the types of venues where these circuses have performed. The earliest modern circuses were performed in open air structures with limited covered seating, from the late 18th to late 19th century custom-made circus buildings were built with various types of seating, a centre ring, and sometimes a stage. The traditional large tents, commonly known as Big Tops were introduced in the mid 19th century as touring circuses superseded static venues and these tents eventually became the most common venue and remain so to the present day.
Contemporary circuses perform in a variety of venues including tents, many circus performances are still held in a ring usually 13 m in diameter. This dimension was adopted by Philip Astley in the late 18th century as the minimum diameter that enabled a horse rider to stand upright on a cantering horse to perform their tricks. In the book De Spectaculis early Christian writer Tertullian claimed that the first circus games were staged by the goddess Circe in honour of her father Helios, the modern and commonly held idea of a circus is of a Big Top with various acts providing entertainment therein. For many, circus history begins with Englishman Philip Astley, while for others its origins go back much further—to Roman times. In Ancient Rome, the circus was a building for the exhibition of horse and chariot races, equestrian shows, staged battles, gladiatorial combat, the Roman circus buildings were, not circular but rectangular with semi circular ends. The lower seats were reserved for persons of rank, There were various state boxes for the giver of the games, the circus was the only public spectacle at which men and women were not separated.
It was constructed during the monarchy and, at first, built completely from wood, after being rebuilt several times, the final version of the Circus Maximus could seat 250,000 people, it was built of stone and measured 400m in length and 90m in width. Next in importance were the Circus Flaminius and the Circus Neronis, a fourth circus was constructed by Maxentius, its ruins have helped archaeologists reconstruct the Roman circus. For some time after the fall of Rome, large buildings fell out of use as centres of mass entertainment. Instead, itinerant performers, animal trainers and showmen travelled between towns throughout Europe, performing at local fairs, Astley performed stunts in a 42 ft diameter ring, which is the standard size used by circuses ever since. Astley referred to the arena as a Circle and the building as an amphitheatre. Joseph Grimaldi, the first mainstream clown, had his first major role as Little Clown in the pantomime The Triumph of Mirth, or, the Royal Circus opened in London on 4 November 1782 by Charles Dibdin and his partner Charles Hughes
Rainier III, Prince of Monaco
Rainier III ruled the Principality of Monaco for almost 56 years, making him one of the longest ruling monarchs in European history. Gambling accounts for approximately three percent of the nations annual revenue today, when Rainier ascended the throne in 1949. As of 2017, he was the last European monarch to have died on the throne. Rainier was born at Princes Palace in Monaco, the son of Prince Pierre of Monaco, Duke of Valentinois and his wife. Rainier was the first native-born hereditary prince of Monaco since Honore IV in 1758, Rainiers father was a half-French, half-Mexican who adopted his wifes surname, upon marriage and was made a prince of Monaco by Prince Louis, his father-in-law. Rainier had one sibling, Princess Antoinette, Baroness of Massy, Rainiers early education was conducted in England, at the prestigious public schools of Summerfields in St Leonards-on-Sea, and at Stowe, in Buckinghamshire. In 1944, upon his 21st birthday, Rainiers mother renounced her right to the Monegasque throne and Rainier became Prince Louiss direct heir.
In World War II Rainier joined the Free French Army in September 1944, and serving under General de Monsabert as a second lieutenant and he received the French Croix de Guerre with bronze star and was given the rank of Chevalier in the French Legion of Honor in 1947. Following his decommission from the French Army, he was promoted by the French government as a captain in April 1949, Rainiers sister, Princess Antoinette, wishing her own son to ascend the throne, spread rumours that Pascal was infertile. The rumours combined with a snobbery over Pascals family origins ultimately ended the relationship, Rainier became the Sovereign Prince of Monaco on the death of Louis II on 9 May 1949. After ascending the throne, Rainier worked assiduously to recoup Monacos lustre, according to numerous obituaries, the prince was faced upon his ascension with a treasury that was practically empty. The small nations traditional gambling clientele, largely European aristocrats, found themselves with reduced funds after World War II, other gambling centers had opened to compete with Monaco, many of them successfully.
To compensate for loss of income, Rainier decided to promote Monaco as a tax haven, commercial center, real-estate development opportunity. Prince Rainier regained control of SBM in 1964, effectively ensuring that his vision of Monaco would be implemented, as Prince of Monaco, Rainier was responsible for the principalitys new constitution in 1962 which significantly reduced the power of the sovereign. The changes ended autocratic rule, placing power with the prince, at the time of his death, he was the worlds second longest-serving living head of state, ranking just below the King of Thailand, Bhumibol Adulyadej. After a year-long courtship described as containing a good deal of rational appraisal on both sides, Prince Rainier married Oscar-winning American actress Grace Kelly in 1956, the ceremonies in Monaco were on 18 April 1956 and 19 April 1956. In 1979, Prince Rainier made his debut alongside his wife Grace in a 33-minute independent film called Rearranged, produced in Monaco. According to co-star Edward Meeks, after premiering it in Monaco, Grace showed it to ABC TV executives in New York in 1982, Grace died in a car crash caused by a stroke in 1982, making it impossible to expand the film for American release
On January 30,1925, while trying to find a new entrance to Crystal Cave, Collins became trapped in a narrow crawlway,55 feet below ground. The rescue operation to save Collins became a national newspaper sensation, the rescue attempt grew to become the third-biggest media event between the world wars. Collins died of thirst and hunger compounded by exposure through hypothermia after being isolated for 14 days, Collins body would be recovered two months later. Floyd Collins discovered Crystal Cave in 1917, Crystal Cave is now part of the Flint Ridge Cave System of the Mammoth Cave National Park. Although Collins was a figure in his lifetime, the fame he gained from his death led to him being memorialized on his tombstone as The Greatest Cave Explorer Ever Known. William Floyd Collins was born in Auburn, Logan County, Collins had five brothers, Floyd, Andy Lee, Marshall Everett and Homer Larkin, as well as two sisters and Nellie. In the period of Kentucky history known as the Cave Wars, the Floyd Collins family owned their own cave called Crystal Cave, Crystal Cave attracted a low number of tourists due to its remote location.
Collins hoped to find another entrance to the Mammoth Cave or possibly an unknown cave along the road to Mammoth Cave and draw more visitors and he made an agreement with three farmers, who owned land closer to the main highway. If he found a cave, they would form a business partnership, working alone, within three weeks, he had explored and expanded a hole that would be called Sand Cave by the news media. Because his lamp was dying, he had to leave quickly before losing all light to the chamber, Collins accidentally knocked over his lamp, putting out the light, and was caught by a rock from the cave ceiling, pinning his left leg. The falling rock weighed only 16 pounds, but because of its position, Floyd Collins was trapped 150 feet from the entrance. After being found the day by friends, crackers were sent to him. Collins survived for more than a week while rescue efforts were organized, on February 4, the cave passage collapsed in two places. Rescue leaders, led by Henry St. George Tucker Carmichael, determined the cave impassable and too dangerous, the 55-foot shaft and subsequent lateral tunnel intersected the cave just above Collins, but when he was finally reached on February 17, he was already dead from exposure.
Because he could not be reached from behind, the rescuers could not free his leg and they left his body in place and filled the shaft with debris. A doctor estimated he had died three or four days before he was reached, with February 13 the most likely date, newspaper reporter William Burke Skeets Miller from The Courier-Journal in Louisville reported on the rescue efforts from the scene. Miller, of small stature, was able to remove a lot of earth from around Collins and he interviewed Collins in the cave, receiving a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage and playing a part in Collins attempted rescue. Shortly after the media arrived, the publicity drew crowds of tourists to the site, vendors set up stalls to sell food and souvenirs, creating a circus-like atmosphere
Robert Bruce Rob Ford was a Canadian politician and businessman who served as the 64th mayor of Toronto from 2010 to 2014. Prior to and after his term as mayor, Ford was a city councillor representing Ward 2 of Etobicoke North and he was first elected to Toronto City Council in the 2000 Toronto municipal election, and was re-elected to his council seat twice. His political career, particularly his mayoralty, saw a number of personal and work-related controversies, in 2013, he became embroiled in a substance abuse scandal, which was widely reported in the national and international media. Following his admission, Ford refused to resign, but City Council handed over certain mayoral powers, John Tory succeeded him as mayor on December 1,2014, while Ford regained his former seat. Ford received treatment for the cancer, and was able to return to City Hall for a while, born in Etobicoke, Canada in 1969, Ford was the youngest of four children of Ruth Diane and Douglas Bruce Ford, Sr. His paternal grandparents were English immigrants, Ford, Sr.
Fords brother Doug Ford, Jr. was the Toronto City Councillor for Ward 2 Etobicoke North in Toronto, from 2010 to 2014, during Rob Fords term as mayor. Growing up, Rob Ford attended Scarlett Heights Collegiate in Etobicoke, Ford dreamed of becoming a professional football player, and his father paid for Ford to attend special camps of the Washington Redskins and the University of Notre Dame. After graduating from school, Ford went to Carleton University in Ottawa to study political science. Ford made the squad, but did not play in any games. Ford left Carleton after one year to return to Toronto and did not complete his degree, after Carleton, Ford started a sales job at Deco. After Doug Ford Sr. s death in 2006, the Ford family retained ownership of Deco Labels through the Doug Ford Holdings corporation, alongside his brothers and their mother was a director of the company. In 2000, Ford married Renata Brejniak, whom he had met in high school, Renata, their daughter Stephanie, and their son Doug, resided in Etobicoke.
In 2008, after a 9-1-1 call from the Ford home, Ford was charged with assault, the Crown attorney said there was no reasonable prospect of conviction because there were credibility issues with allegations by Fords wife due to inconsistencies in her statements. Ford said at the time that he was glad the ordeal was over, in two separate incidents, on October 25,2011, and again on December 25,2011, police were called to Fords home to investigate domestic disputes. No charges were filed for either incident, further domestic incident calls to police occurred in 2012 and on August 27,2013. Ford continued his involvement in football as a school coach. Ford first coached at Newtonbrook Secondary School in 2001 until he was dismissed over a dispute with a player, Ford had donated $20,000 to equip the Don Bosco team and started a foundation to fund teams at other schools struggling to field football teams. In January 2014, Scott MacIntyre, the former spouse of Fords sister
Christine Marie Chris Evert, known as Chris Evert-Lloyd from 1979 to 1987, is a former World No.1 professional tennis player from the United States. She won 18 Grand Slam singles championships and three doubles titles and she was the year-ending World No.1 singles player in 1974,1975,1976,1977,1978,1980, and 1981. Overall Evert won 157 singles championships and 32 doubles titles, Evert reached 34 Grand Slam singles finals, more than any other player in the history of professional tennis. Evert never lost in the first or second round of a Grand Slam singles tournament, in Grand Slam singles play, Evert won a record seven championships at the French Open. Everts career winning percentage in singles matches of 89. 96% is the highest in the history of Open Era tennis, on clay courts, her career winning percentage in singles matches of 94. 55% remains a WTA record. Evert is regarded by some to be the greatest female player of all time. Evert has served as president of the Womens Tennis Association during eleven years, 1975–76.
She was awarded the Philippe Chatrier award and inducted into the Hall of Fame, in life Evert was a coach and is now an analyst for ESPN and has a line of tennis and active apparel. Evert began taking tennis lessons when she was five years old from her father Jimmy Evert, by 1969 she had become the No.1 ranked under-14 girl in the United States. Evert played her first senior tournament in that also, reaching the semifinals in her home town of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In 1970, Evert won the national championship and was invited to play in an eight-player clay court tournament in Charlotte. The 15-year-old Evert defeated Françoise Dürr in the first round in straight sets before defeating Margaret Court 7–6, 7–6 in a semifinal, Court was the World No.1 player and had just won the Grand Slam in singles. These results led to Everts selection for the U. S. Wightman Cup team, Evert made her Grand Slam tournament debut at the 1971 US Open, aged 16, receiving an invitation after winning the national sixteen-and-under championship.
After an easy win over Edda Buding in the first round. Evert saved six match points - with Eisel at one stage serving at 6–4, 6–5 in the second set - before going on to win 4–6, 7–6, 6–1. She made two comebacks from a set down, against Dürr and Lesley Hunt, both seasoned professionals, before losing to Billie Jean King in a semifinal in straight sets. This defeat ended a 46-match winning streak built up through a variety of professional and this winning streak included her first matches with and wins over King, Virginia Wade and Betty Stöve. In 1973 Evert was the runner-up at the French Open and the Wimbledon Championships, a year she won both those events during her then-record 55-consecutive-match winning streak, which included eight other tournament wins
Johnny Hallyday is a French singer and actor. He has been called the French Elvis and he was married for 15 years to popular Bulgarian-French singer Sylvie Vartan and the two were considered a golden couple for 20 years. Hallyday has completed 181 tours, had 18 platinum albums, and has more than 80 million records worldwide. Hallyday remains largely unknown outside of the Francophone world, thus earning the nickname the biggest rock star youve never heard of in English-speaking countries, nevertheless, at an international level he is still considered as the only non-Anglophone rock musician having a large international reputation. He was made Chevalier of the Légion dhonneur in 1997, Hallydays father, Léon Smet, was Belgian, his mother, Huguette Clerc, was French. Johnny was raised by Desta and Lee from a young age. Johnny was always loyal to Lee and secured him a permanent job as a producer and A&R man with his label, Philips Records until Lees retirement. Influenced by Elvis Presley and the 1950s rock n roll revolution, Hallyday became famous in the 1960s for singing rock and his debut single, Laisse les filles was released on the Vogue label in March 1960.
His first album, Hello Johnny, was released in 1960, in 1961 his cover of Lets Twist Again sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. It topped almost every European chart, although the track did not appear in the UK Singles Chart and he appeared on the American The Ed Sullivan Show with American singing star Connie Francis in a show that was taped at the Moulin Rouge nightclub in Paris. He staged many appearances in the Paris Olympia under the management of the late Bruno Coquatrix, for their first concert, The Jimi Hendrix Experience opened for Johnny Hallyday in Évreux on 13 October 1966. Black-and-white footage, from October 1966, exists of Hallyday partying with Hendrix, his manager Chas Chandler, there is a widely published monochrome photograph of Hallyday walking somewhere in Paris in late May 1966 with Bob Dylan. At the end of the 1960s, Hallyday made a string of albums with Mick Jones and Tommy Brown as musical directors, on Je suis né dans la rue, Hallyday hired both Peter Frampton and the Small Faces.
Amongst their contributions are the songs Amen and Regarde Pour Moi, often forgotten is Hallydays non-LP single and EP track Que Je Taime from the same sessions. By 1969 alone, his sales of records exceeded twelve million, one of Hallydays concerts, 100% Johnny, Live à La Tour Eiffel in 2000, attracted an audience of 500,000 and 9.5 million television viewers. In December 2005, Hallyday had his third single in France, Mon Plus Beau Noël. Shortly before announcing his retirement from touring, he released an album, Le Cœur dun homme. The album hit No.1 in both France and French-speaking Belgium and his next album, Ça ne finira jamais, released in 2008, another No.1 on the French album chart, and its lead single, Ça nfinira jamais, reached No.1